Your warehouse is only as good as the systems that it operates on. We are long behind the times when everything was done manually; now, technology is the key to success. A warehouse control system is one of the technological innovations that fits into this scheme. But, what exactly is a WCS, and why is it so crucial? We’re going to discuss it here, so read on.
What is WCS?
WCS is a software used for controlling warehouse automation processes inside the warehouse. It is responsible for connecting various elements of your facility, from automation equipment to goods handling, by making complex, data-driven decisions to optimize the processes. It is involved in numerous activities, such as:
- Connection to automation equipment
- Flow management
- Load balancing
- Priority handling (in automated areas)
- System monitoring.
WCS is a must for any facility that has employed automation at a medium or high level. The only warehouses that won’t feel its benefits significantly are those running fully on manual labor.
WCS and WMS – Two Pieces That Make the Perfect Puzzle
While incorporating a warehouse control system is highly beneficial, you may further expand its power by merging it with a warehouse management system. Together, they form the ideal mixture that will help you run your facility as efficiently as possible.
A WMS manages the flow of inventory, controls labor, tracks orders, and harmonizes the manual and automated processes of your warehouse. The WMS handles automation machinery. This is why they reach their full potential only when combined – they need to share data to bring the most tremendous results.
The power of WCS is its ability to optimize automation, an inseparable and dominant part of any modern warehouse. When combined with WMS, it will create a system that is truly data-driven. A system that will ensure that every process in your facility goes as smoothly, as quickly, and as effectively as it is possible.
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